We have been cooking up a storm this past week with our own vegetables, all the food we buy, and our CSA box vegetables! I am so excited to be able to review great kitchen tools and products, and use them when I cook, I cannot describe this in words! I am grateful to be able to review this product I got – it is a garlic and ginger press and grater. It is a truly great product as you can use it for other things like orange zesting, or maybe even parmesan grating, however I haven’t tried that yet.
I first used it for orange zesting a few days ago. I was impressed how easy it was to hold it and use it.
I have also used it today for garlic grating. I usually use an old Pampered chef garlic press, but it really discolors garlic into grey every time, so I think this grater is much better. You also get very fine result with garlic with this grater. If you are making soup, or something very thin and fine, like a puree, this grater would work better than a press, because garlic comes out after using the grater very soft, mushy, and soupy almost. A regular press usually gives me small tiny pieces of garlic, so they may not be best for adding into something thin like sauce or soup, this grater does the job better.
However, there are a number of issues here when you are using garlic. I wasn’t able to grate garlic cloves to the end, as I would have hurt my fingers. I had to leave a small stub of garlic at the end. Also, there are no through holes in this grater, so all the garlic paste, or be it orange peel falls off a bit off the grater, but the rest basically stays on the grater, and you have to use something pointy to take off it. I find Microplane for zesting is better, as the stuff just falls through the holes down, and then you bang the rest off it. In a press you end up squeezing all of the pieces of your garlic through as well, so there is nothing leftover.
I think this grater is made of a good piece of non-corrosive metal, and it is a very solid piece of equipment. You can tell it will work for years to come in terms of metal not giving up on you. This is the kind of solid equipment I had when I was growing up. It is hard to find these days. A lot of tools are made of plastic, and just fall apart. Or they rust, or Teflon coating comes off them, and they become useless. This is definitely a better quality grater. However, due to some design flaws in it, like no holes that would allow zest and small pieces and juices to fall through, I am not sure I will be able to use it as much as I would love to. So, I will give this item 5 stars for overall quality, and 3 stars for its design.
You can purchase this grater on Amazon for $12.99.
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